Reid compares GOP to New York Jets

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) compared Republicans to the New York Jets on Thursday, saing the GOP doesn't know who its quarterback is. 

“I’ve watched closely the New York Jets,” Reid said on the floor Thursday. “Coach Ryan, he’s got a problem, he’s got three quarterbacks. … He can’t decide who his quarterback will be.That’s the same problem with Republicans: Who is the quarterback?"

Reid said Republicans can't decide whether they should follow Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) of former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, whom Reid said is "still in the background."

Reid made the comparison after blocking another attempt by McConnell to force a Senate vote on Obama's deficit-reduction plan. 

“The majority leader points out that there is some confusion on who the quarterback is on the Republican side,” McConnell said. “But there’s no question who the quarterback is on the Democratic side, it’s President Obama, and he keeps throwing interceptions.”

McConnell said Reid is blocking his motion to prevent a painful vote for Democrats on Obama's plan, which includes $1.6 trillion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to entitlement programs. 

“The president offered a plan that even his own party won’t go for,” McConnell said. “The president is clearly not interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff … he’s really interested in getting as much taxpayer money as he can.”

Reid said he'd be happy to look at McConnell's proposed vote, but it won't happen today as an amendment to the Russia trade bill.

Jets coach Rex Ryan has decided to start Mark Sanchez for Sunday's game despite a difficult season for the fourth-year quarterback. Sanchez was benched in a game last week for third-string quarterback Greg McElroy, who led the Jets to a win. The Jets also have quarterback Tim Tebow on their roster, and some fans have clamored for him to get a start.